After healing up from their fight with the Babau demons, the party searched the chamber and found 2 hidden doorways. As the party started down the hallway, a succubus teleported in behind them and charmed Veeran. It didn’t last long as the demon quickly teleported away again.
At the end of the hallway they found a ransacked study. One of the walls had an inset with a large red gem in it. Reiden was able to tell that the gem was trapped but couldn’t figure out how to disarm it. Veeran stubbornly reached in to snag the gem but couldn’t pull away in time and a guillotine like blade came down across the opening, cutting his hand off.
Kuzdor was able to wedge the blade open so they could retrieve the severed hand in hopes of getting Veeran healed later. Veeran shifted into bear form so that he could be useful in case they came across more demons as his spells had been depleted. The party returned to the first chamber where they had previously detected another hidden doorway.
Beyond this doorway, Reiden used his new-found invisibility to scout ahead where he found some Dretch demons laying in wait. The party was able to ambush them and take them out quickly. At the end of this hallway was a sacrificial room with a glowing portal in the center. The room was covered in blood from wall to wall, with severed limbs sprinkled about. They found one survivor chained to the wall who turned out to be Manis, a Sorcerer that Veeran had previously adventured with.
While tending to the injured Manis, the portal surged and a Solamith demon appeared and immediately attacked the group. The party suffured some serious injuries but were able to take out the monstrosity.
The demons of the shrine had built up quite a treasure cache of coins, gems, and gear which the party collected. After healing up they ventured into the portal but quickly returned after they witnessed a vast army of demons massing in the valley below them. After some discussion and experimentation, they were able to use the ruby (that cost Veeran his hand) to close the portal.
They rested overnight in the temple then ventured for a day and a half to get to the capital city of Arathor to re provision and get Verran’s hand healed. That evening while taking time to relax and recuperate they gambled with a man named Cadis who is rumored to be a former adventurer and keeps many trophies of his exotic kills mounted on the walls of his mansion. Several thousand gold traded hands as Kuzdor and Reiden found themselves on the losing end of things, while Veeran and Manis made out very well.